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STUNNING PHOTOS OF FLORIDA KEYS WILDLIFE WIN CONTEST

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Images of Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary have won top spots in the 50th-anniversary edition of the “Get into your Sanctuary” photo contest sponsored by the Office...

SAFEGUARDING WATER & WILDLIFE: TOP ENVIRONMENTAL STORIES OF 2022

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Coral outplantings, dives to collect debris, and wildlife rehabilitations dominated a busy 2022 in the Florida Keys. Local wildlife rehabilitators returned injured manatees and turtles back to...

SANCTUARY ADVISORY COUNCIL MAKES FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS (DAY 1)

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By Alex Rickert and Jim McCarthy Day one of a two-day December meeting of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council (SAC) was filled, for the most...

THREE RESCUED AND REHABBED MANATEES RETURN TO MARATHON WATERS

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The exhaustive efforts of four manatee rescue and rehabilitation organizations came to fruition on Nov. 29 with the release of three healthy manatees in Key Colony Beach. Rescued...

NEIGHBOR OF THE WEEK: THE WESTON/NORGREN FAMILY

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With our Neighbor of the Week highlight on pause over the last few months due to individual spotlights like October’s Be Like Mike feature, Keys Weekly figured...

REHABILITATED JUVENILE SEA TURTLES ARE THANKFUL TO BE HOME

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Two rehabilitated juvenile sea turtles, ‘Luna’ and ‘Sonny,’ made their way back to the sea as Marathon’s Turtle Hospital celebrated a double release on Nov. 16 to...

A BABY DOLPHIN? DOLPHIN RESEARCH CENTER IN FLORIDA KEYS WELCOMES SECOND CALF THIS YEAR

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The staff and dolphin pod at Dolphin Research Center celebrated an addition to its animal family for the third time in 2022, when 15-year-old dolphin Cayo gave...

BABY DOLPHIN ‘BOWIE’ REINTRODUCED TO NATURAL LAGOONS AT DOLPHIN RESEARCH CENTER

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After nearly five months of round-the-clock attention from her human caregivers, the newest addition to Dolphin Research Center’s animal family is getting some help from fellow flippered...

MARINE SANCTUARY: KEY WEST WATERMEN WORRY ABOUT WATER QUALITY & LAW ENFORCEMENT

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The evening of Sept. 21 found just a few dozen individuals filling the auditorium at Marathon High School for one of three in-person public comment sessions set...

AQUARIUM ENCOUNTERS JOINS REEF RENEWAL USA IN CORAL RESTORATION EFFORTS

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Recent years have seen various companies throughout the Florida Keys stretch the definition of “ecotourism” as an attractive advertising buzzword. Training volunteers, and eventually tourists, to prepare nearly...

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